A Week In Business

Top Producers

BERLIN — Re/Max Premier Properties Broker Dr. Carl E. Ortman is pleased to announce the top producers for the month of September.

Top sales volume for the month goes to Pam Price of the Salisbury office with over $1 million followed by Bill Hunt from the Ocean City office, Holly Campbell from Salisbury and Marlene Ott from the Ocean Pines office. Top Listing Producers were Pam Price for Salisbury and Edie Brennan and Joanne Ortman for Ocean Pines.

Dividend Declared

BERLIN — – Calvin B. Taylor Bankshares, Inc. announced that its Board of Directors has declared an annual cash dividend of $0.93 per share.

This dividend is payable on Dec. 31, 2012 to shareholders of record as of the close of business Nov. 14, 2012.

Calvin B. Taylor Bankshares, Inc. is the holding company for Calvin B. Taylor Banking Company in Berlin, a community banking organization that focuses lending and other services on businesses and consumers in its local market area.

Hospital Realignment

SALISBURY — This past July, Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) conducted a thorough examination of its organizational structure and identified opportunities to realign staff to support new services and continue the tradition of developing evidence-based practices that benefit our patients. Those transitions also created a chance to enhance the services provided in the ambulatory, outpatient and post-discharge settings.

PRMC has made some organizational changes in responsibilities three months ago, and as the evolution continues, has identified additional opportunities to further refine those changes.

Throughout the United States, hospitals are looking for ways to expand the delivery of care beyond the perimeters of their campuses and directly into patients’ homes. Today’s healthcare requires more than making patients well and sending them home, it also demands that you begin the process of providing them what they need to stay healthy.

Karen Poisker, Vice President for Continuum Services, will now focus her attention and talents on working closely with medical staff and clinical service line leadership to develop population health management programs across our continuum of care.

“No one is more ideally suited for this role than Karen,” said President/CEO Dr. Peggy Naleppa. “She has over 35 years’ experience in caring for patients at PRMC, the last 23 years as a Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer. Karen has the respect and trust of those stakeholders who will work with her to lead this exciting change.”

Additionally, Mary Beth Damico has been appointed Vice President for Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer. She will continue to be responsible for the inpatient acute care units at PRMC. She will also take on the extremely important responsibility of continuing the evolution of the Peninsula Regional Care Partners model, and assuring standards of nursing practice throughout the organization.

PRMC has positioned itself for success under healthcare reform, which will continue to evolve regardless of the outcome of the November election.

“We will improve quality, increase access, reduce costs and better manage the healthcare of the populations we serve,” added Naleppa. “Improving the overall patient care experience is priority one for each member of the Peninsula Regional healthcare team.”

Office Leaders Recognized

OCEAN CITY — The Mark Fritschle Group of Condominium Realty, LTD recently announced sales, settlement and listing leaders for September.

Wayne Phillips was the top listing agent in the number of new listings in units and in dollars and was the top agent in settled sales in volume.

Rusty Molnar was the top settled sales agent in units. Sheri Smith was the top new sales pending agent by units.

Pharmacist Presents

SALISBURY — – Apple Discount Drugs, a locally owned HealthMart pharmacy, announced this week that John Motsko, pharmacist and Certified Diabetes Educator, presented at the Second Annual Medication Therapy Management Summit in Baltimore on Saturday, Oct. 6. The summit was presented by the Maryland Pharmacists Association Professional Development Committee. More than 120 pharmacists were in attendance.

“At this summit, I was given the opportunity to speak about the benefits of combining traditional medication therapy management with Diabetes management,” said Motsko. “Apple Discount Drugs is ahead of the curve. We are one of only a few pharmacies nationwide (and quite possibly the only pharmacy in Maryland) to offer this combination of services to customers.”

The integration of the two services provides for maximum patient benefits. At Apple Discount Drugs, Medication Therapy Management allows customers to brown-bag all of the prescribed medications, over-the-counter supplies and supplements for a one-on-one consultation with one of Apple’s medication therapy management specialists. This therapy allows the patient to better manage health conditions such as diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

“By integrating the MTM model into our Diabetes counseling sessions, we know that patient outcomes will be more successful and our customers will learn how to live independent, healthier lives,” said Motsko.

Board Member Retires

SALISBURY — Hugh P. “Murph” McLaughlin recently retired from the Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) Board of Trustees after 26 years of volunteer service to the Salisbury, Maryland Medical Center, its staff, physicians, volunteers and patients.

McLaughlin’s retirement follows a remarkable commitment to the PRMC Board that is unmatched in the organization’s 115 year history of providing healthcare services to the people of the Delmarva Peninsula.

 “His knowledge of healthcare issues, collaborative problem solving skills and leadership have been invaluable and instrumental while leading our unprecedented growth for the past 26 years,” said Dr. Peggy Naleppa, President/CEO of PRMC “Many people have contributed to our growth and success, and then there’s Murph, who is in a category all his own. He has always performed with a positive attitude, good humor and a passion for this organization. As such, the Board of Trustees has recognized him as an Honorary Trustee. In essence, you would be hard pressed to find a bigger champion of Peninsula Regional Medical Center than Murph McLaughlin.”

McLaughlin was first elected to the PRMC Board of Trustees on February 6, 1986, and served as its Chairman from March of 1995 to October of 1998. He was the longest seated Board member in PRMC history.

McLaughlin has also been instrumental in fundraising for the PRMC Foundation, and co-chaired the capital campaign that raised $15 million toward the construction and equipping of PRMC’s Layfield Tower, which houses, among other specialties, the Medical Center’s Emergency/Trauma Center and critical care units.

In recognition of his unprecedented and unparalleled dedication to PRMC, the Board of Trustees and Executive leadership voted unanimously to name PRMC’s newly constructed Hugh P. “Murph” McLaughlin Board Room in his honor.